42 killed in Israeli strikes against Iranian targets in Syria: Monitor

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He said "six Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters, including 11 Iranians" were among the dead.

A Syrian war monitor says a wave of Israeli strikes on suspected military positions in Syria this week killed 42 people. "The new report is due to the death of wounded or missing persons whose deaths have been confirmed", Abdel Rahman said.

That brings to 42, including 19 Iranians, the total killed during the two days of strikes.

Israel said its Thursday strikes were in response to a barrage of Iranian rockets on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights, the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date. Iran denied the accusation.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government accuses Israel of aiding the rebels in southern Syria close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, backed by video footage emerging about how Israel is offering medical treatment to the rebels. The annexation has not be recognised by the global community.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Iran has condemned the Israeli regime for assisting terrorists in Syria. "I hope we've finished this episode and everyone understood".

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called Friday on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "throw the Iranians out", saying "they are only hurting you", the BBC reported.

Israeli forces have been blamed for a series of recent strikes inside Syria that have killed Iranians, though it has not acknowledged those raids.

Since then, Israel was anticipating a payback from Iran, particularly with all the wrangling about Iran's worldwide nuclear deal, as Israel has been a staunch opponent to the deal along with President Donald Trump, who announced his country's withdrawal from the deal on May 8.

The deal, signed between Iran and world powers, including Russian and the United States, had eased economic sanctions on Iran in return for the country reducing its nuclear programme.

All other signatories had sought to maintain the agreement.

Russia, which is also an ally of Assad, said on Thursday that Syria had shot down more than half of the missiles fired at it overnight by Israel.

The Israeli regime insists that the February 10 airstrikes on Syria was due to an Iranian drone crossing into the Israeli-held Golan Heights; a claim that was refuted by Iranian officials.

A Syrian military statement, however, said that most of the Israeli missiles were destroyed before hitting their targets, adding that a radar station was hit as well as air defenses battalions, stressing readiness to respond to any "aggression". The global community's silence encourages Israel's aggression. Israel considers Iran's ongoing military buildup in Syria to be an unacceptable national security threat.

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